Recovering from Spiritual Perfectionism and Searching for Divine Guidance
Illustration: white boy on green chair, little brown dog sits next to him. Text reads: "My trouble was I had a mind. But I couldn't make it up."

In my last column for NCR, I wrote about my somewhat surprising desire to find a church home in my…

Shifting Focus
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ME: I had a good life. My program wasn’t what I really wanted, and it was hard to do that…

A lesson from the Catholic Church: Demand change, believe survivors
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Similar to how priests who abused children were shifted from parish to parish but never disciplined. Systemic. https://t.co/87lcN7n0mN — Mariam…

Not Alone: Why I Wrote for ‘Faithfully Feminist’
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Around this time last year, I was parked in the lobby of a hotel in Tobago (the smaller island of…

Mad at Bill but Still Wishing for Cliff and Claire
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“He is guilty of self-confessed crimes against women such that we should break his albums, burn his tapes and scratch…

Tenderness, Masculinity, Femininity and God
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I remember attending a Sunday school class several years ago in which the gentleness of God was the topic. I…

The Best of Me Will Live
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On September 1, 2015, I will begin the master of fine arts program in creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden. This…

Anger is Better
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On the Sunday following the Charleston massacre hate crime, those who hadn’t reached the point where they could forgive the…

Things I Learned in Girlhood
Me and my cousins, circa 1983. I'm in the blue.

“There are all boys at Stephanie’s (invented name) house, so you can’t turn up like you do here. You have…

A House Divided Against Itself: An Open Response to Louisville FOP 614
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I’m willing to let this one go. Earlier this month, Louisville Metro Police Officer Nathan Blanford shot Deng Manyoun, a…

For Mother Emanuel
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   Though I am often critical of the Black Church, my criticism comes from a place of love and fondness…

I Deserve Love
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I’ve seen an interesting photo on Facebook a couple of times in recent days: In case you can’t see it,…

Redbone Afropuff in Transition
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  Last month, I unveiled my new personal mission statement: to help Black women and girls in my community discover…

A Working Faith
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  Earlier this week I wrote in my journal that I need a spiritual practice that includes faith and hope,…

Finding a Personal Mission

This summer, I’m finally making time to go through Javacia Harris Bowser’s e-course, “How to Write and Have a Life.”…

Something New for Easter

My church did Resurrection Sunday differently this year. The Drama Ministry and Choir conducted the whole service, except for the…

Let Us Seek True Justice

Note: I wrote the following passage for Sowers of Justice 2015 Stations of the Cross, an annual Good Friday walk…

That time when God came to the read-in

Since January, I’ve been making an effort to accept my own challenge of re-envisioning God. I made a silent commitment…

Feminist Masquerade
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  I envy Ann Bauer’s life. I began reading her piece for Salon, “‘Sponsored’ by my husband: Why it’s a…

I Know I’ve Been Changed
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One of the reasons I stopped working on my memoir was because when an agent strongly suggested I adapt my…

Repentance is the answer (when Jesus is the cause)

I’m among the million or so people who have seen NFL player Benjamin Watson’s Facebook post about Ferguson, but in…

A 1954 Case in Defense of Black Womanhood
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Blogger’s note: This post was originally published in the Courier-Journal on Sept. 28, 2014 and edited by Pam Platt. For the…

When the message reinforces fear
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“If you had a little girl right now, how would you discipline her?” a friend asked me recently. “I don’t…

Two Things about Tipping Points
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Someone asked me the following question in a Facebook comment when I posted this article on the similarities between domestic…

Justifying a faith that supports your oppression
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This inconsistency between black identity and Christianity’s role in the oppression of black people is something I think all black…

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